Created on 18-03-2016 at 12:20 PM
Bayern have been handed a challenging but manageable tie in the Champions League quarter-finals, as the five-time winners of Europe’s top club competition were paired with Lisbon giants Benfica in the draw for the last eight. FCB will play the first leg in Munich on 5 April with the return eight days later in the Portuguese capital.
“We can be happy with the draw, but we mustn’t make the mistake of underestimating a team that has qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals. We face two demanding matches in which we’ll have to be focused and determined if we’re to reach our goal, the semi-finals,” commented FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Record favours FCB
The Portuguese champions overcame their Russian counterparts Zenit St. Petersburg in the Round of 16. Benfica won the European Cup back in 1961 and 1962 but the Águias (Eagles) have failed to collect a continental trophy since then, losing no fewer than eight finals in the intervening period including the 2014 Europa League final to FC Sevilla.
FCB and Benfica have crossed swords six times in the past, with four wins for Munich and two draws. The clubs last met in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup Round of 16, where FC Bayern comfortably progressed to the last eight with 4-1 and 3-1 victories.
First leg in Munich
The draw ceremony was held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland from midday CET on Friday and was conducted by UEFA chief of communications Pedro Pinto, UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti, and former Milan and Barcelona star Gianluca Zambrotta.
Bayern play the first leg of the last eight tie at the Allianz Arena, with the decisive second leg away from home at the Estadio da Luz. The first leg in Munich will be played on Tuesday 5 April, with the return in Lisbon eight days later on Wednesday 13 April. This year’s final takes place at the San Siro in Milan on 28 May.
Champions League quarter-final draw in full:
VfL Wolfsburg - Real Madrid
FC Bayern – Benfica
Barcelona - Atlético Madrid
Paris St. Germain – Manchester City